It wasn’t great at times, but Jaoby Brissett and the Cleveland Browns outlasted the Steelers on Thursday night.
The Browns, thanks to a clutch long touchdown drive to start the fourth quarter and then a last second defensive touchdown, went on to beat the Steelers 29-17 at FirstEnergy Stadium. The win gives them the lead over the division contenders and erases last week’s late loss to the New York Jets.
Brissett went 21-of-31 for 220 yards and threw for two touchdowns in the win in what was arguably his best performance filling in for Deshaun Watson as the Browns’ starter. Running back Nick Chubb racked up 113 yards on 21 carries, too, and had a touchdown of his own in his second 100-yard game of the season.
“Jacoby is a dog guy,” Chubb said on Amazon Prime Video after the win. “He’s a great leader for us, he’s articulate, he’s a playmaker. We need a play, he’s going to do it for us.”
With a two-point lead to start the fourth quarter, Brissett and Chubb led the Browns down the field on an 11-play, 80-yard drive to finally separate them from the Steelers. Chubb handled almost the entire drive on the ground except for one deep 32-yard throw to Amari Cooper.
The Steelers got a field goal after a promising late drive of their own, their first in quite some time, and got the ball back in the final seconds inside their own five-yard line. That last play failed miserably, however, and Denzel Ward recovered a fumble in the end zone after some laterals to give Cleveland the 12-point victory.
Brissett was in control in the first half, finding the end zone twice while going 134 yards – first to Cooper for an 11-yard score and then again to David Njoku for a seven-yard toss. They would have tied up at the break but for a missed extra point.
But it was Steelers receiver George Pickens who stole the show in the half and kept Pittsburgh right there. Pickens brought down what could easily have been the catch of the season with his one-handed extension catch in the first quarter, which set up their first touchdown of the night.
Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky then ran in another to give them the lead at halftime.
Outside of those scoring drives, however, the Steelers struggled to get much offense going – especially in the second half. They had two straight three-and-outs on either side of Cleveland’s fourth-quarter touchdown before Trubisky got them in scoring position again. However, they had to settle for a field goal and then missed the onside kick to seal their loss.
Trubisky finished the night throwing 19-of-31 for 209 yards, and had one rushing touchdown. Najee Harris, who scored the other touchdown for Pittsburgh, had 56 yards on the ground on 15 carries. The Steelers have now lost two straight after last week’s loss to the New England Patriots.
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Browns linebacker Anthony Walker was flagged off the field in the third quarter after he took a shot to the face and then his foot landed.
Walker was tackled to the ground by Chukwuma Okorafor, who then jumped on top of him to hold him down. However, as Walker was on the ground, Steelers lineman James Daniels was seen accidentally stepping on his foot.
Walker was then placed in a cart with an air cast on his leg and taken off the field. He did not return. His injury details are still unknown, and the team ruled him out with a knee injury.
Walker had six total tackles when he went down. The 27-year-old, who is in his second season with the Browns, had seven total tackles in his first two games of the season.
This post will be updated with more information soon.